Covid Australia live: four new Victoria cases, prime minister provides news on temporary post-disaster payments following national cabinet meeting


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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet with prime ministers to discuss Covid’s response. Follow live

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Professor Paul Kelly on the possibility of mandatory vaccination of workers in nursing homes:

Precisely in relation to the work done by the AHPPC in connection with the vaccination of elderly care workers and demanding it, there were several issues raised that were unanimous with the group. It is important to understand that we all want to protect our most vulnerable Australians. This has mostly been done in relation to the introduction across the country to every nursing home. And there is a higher vaccination rate. This extra protection is important. Today, I would join the Prime Minister and all the Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers and really ask all the older workers to go and get vaccinated.

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Federal Professor of CMO Paul Kelly says the national update came with a “turnaround” today, when news of the Delta variant arrived:

The head of the Victorian Public Health Service and Professor Sutton discussed this at a news conference earlier that cases identified on trips to New South Wales and Jervis Bay appear to have a different genomic structure than the virus, so it’s another mystery that needs to be work and the AHPPC is now meeting to discuss it.

Earlier today, a meeting was held with the Commonwealth, the city of Victoria and New South Wales, who are representatives of the chief health officer at the meeting to discuss the matter.

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